TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Entering the week on a 19-game unbeaten streak and winners of 14 games in a row, No. 1 Florida State (28-1-1, 9-0 ACC) will hit the road this week for games at UCF (14-12) and Virginia (10-16, 2-7 ACC).
The Noles and Knights will play in Orlando on March 22 at 5:30 p.m., while FSU and UVA will play a three-game series in Charlottesville, Va., on March 24-26. Game times at The Park will be Friday at 6:00 p.m., Saturday at 1:00 p.m. and Sunday at 12:00 p.m.
“Another exciting week coming up for us as we’ll be able to test ourselves on the road,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “Our games with UCF have always been tight contests and they just beat a top-15 team in Baylor on Sunday, so we know we’ll have our hands full on Wednesday. Really looking forward to playing Virginia this year. They have a new coaching staff, along with one of our former players, and they are starting to build a solid program. Should be another fun week to get out and play some Seminole softball.”
Florida State enters the week with the nation’s No. 3 on-base percentage (.462), fifth-best batting average (.358), No. 6 earned run average (1.06), is ninth in scoring (7.07) and its .547 slugging percentage is the 10th-best nationally. The Noles are one of three teams that rank in the top 10 in the country in all five categories, along with Oregon and Arizona.
Individually, Alex Powers leads the nation with 13 doubles and Jessica Warren is second with five sacrifice flies. Jessica Burroughs (0.72) and Meghan King (0.73) are eighth and ninth in the NCAA, respectively, in earned run average, while Burroughs’ 134 strikeouts rank No. 9.
FSU has started the season with a 28-1-1 record, which is the best start in program history through 30 games, surpassing the 28-2 starts from the 1993, 1992 and 1986 teams.
The Seminoles are 16-5 all-time against the Knights, dating back to 2002, winning each of the last six games in the series with UCF.
Florida State has posted a 78-18 record in the all-time series with Virginia, including a 49-10 mark in regular season ACC games. FSU has won 13 of the last 14 games, only dropping an 11-9 contest in Charlottesville on March 8, 2014.
Former FSU player Kaleigh Rafter is now on staff with Virginia as an assistant coach. She earned All-ACC First Team honors in 2009 and played for FSU head coach Lonni Alameda as a member of Team Canada at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Florida State is unbeaten in its last 36 conference series, posting a 32-0-4 mark against ACC foes, including 26 sweeps. Over that span, FSU posted a 1-1 series split versus Virginia Tech (2014), at Notre Dame (2014), at Louisville (2015) and at Notre Dame (2016).
The Seminoles are 92-10 in their last 102 ACC regular season games (.902%) and last lost a conference series at Maryland on May 5-6, 2012.
Wednesday’s game at UCF will be broadcast on their streaming subscription service, UCFKnights.tv. Tickets are also available online at www.ucfknights.com. Admission is free for all three games at Virginia, while Sunday’s game is scheduled to be broadcast on the ACC Network Extra.
There will be an FSU Softball streaming radio broadcast for every game this season, along with live stats, available through Seminoles.com.
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